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Reference Number EP/M01486X/1
Title From membrane material synthesis to fabrication and function (SynFabFun)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 95%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 2%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 3%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor IS (Ian ) Metcalfe
No email address given
School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2015
End Date 30 June 2021
Duration 75 months
Total Grant Value £4,508,218
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology; Water
Region North East
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering, NC : Engineering, NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor IS (Ian ) Metcalfe , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr D Mattia , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr D Patterson , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr YMJ Chew , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor A Livingston , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Professor N McKeown , Chemistry, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr PM Budd , Chemistry, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr K Li , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Severn Trent Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thames Water Utilities Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Anglian Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , GlaxoSmithKline (0.000%)
Project Contact , Evonik Industries AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dr Reddy's Laboratories UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , BGT Materials Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pervatech B.V., The Netherlands (0.000%)
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Abstract Membranes offer exciting opportunities for more efficient, lower energy, more sustainable separations and even entirely new process options - and so are a valuable tool in an energy constrained world. However, high performance polymeric, inorganic and ceramic membranes all suffer from problems with decay in performance over time, through either membrane ageing (membrane material relaxation) and/or fouling (foreign material build-up in and/or on the membrane), and this seriously limits their impact.Our vision is to create membranes which do not suffer from ageing or fouling, and for which separation functionality is therefore maintained over time. We will achieve this through a combination of the synthesis of new membrane materials and fabrication of novel membrane composites (polymeric, ceramic and hybrids), supported by new characterisation techniques.Our ambition is to change the way the global membrane community perceives performance. Through the demonstration of membranes with immortal performance, we seek to shift attention away from a race to achieve ever higher initial permeability, to creation of membranes with long-term stable performance which are successful in industrial application.
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